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Matthew Frederick Riddle (born January 14, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their welterweight division.

BiographyEdit

Riddle was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and later moved to Saratoga Springs, New York. He attended the local high school, Saratoga Springs High. He graduated from high school in 2004 and then attended East Stroudsburg University.

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

Riddle's main experience comes from High School wrestling. He wrestled at Saratoga High school in upstate New York.[1] There Riddle was a National wrestling Champion and in his Senior year was a NY State wrestling Champion.[2] He is 1-0 in amateur MMA.[2]

Riddle worked as a roofer and trained jujitsu in the evenings.[3] Since Riddle had little to no money, he did not train at a gym but Riddle trained in his flat. Riddle used BJ Penn's book, Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge to help him learn.[3] Riddle is currently a purple belt in Jujitsu.[2]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Matt Riddle fought Dan Simmler, an understudy of Matt Serra, to get into the TUF house. Riddle knocked out Simmler in the opening of the second round and struck him three times in the jaw after he had lost consciousness,[4] breaking Simmler's jaw in two places.[4] It was called the biggest knockout in The Ultimate Fighter history by Dana White and the knock out of the century by Quinton Jackson.[4] Riddle was picked second for team Rampage.[5] During the shows taping, Riddle was given the nickname Chipper after Rampage notices him always smiling.[6]

In the fourth episode of the show, Riddle was shown mocking the skills of Dante Rivera a competitor for Team Forest. Dante tells Riddle that he is going to request they fight. Dante begins to mock Riddle saying he wouldn't even make it past the first round and he would bet the sum of 500 dollars. On the day to pick the fight, Team Forest made the decision to put Riddle up against Tim Credeur instead of Dante. Credeur defeated Matt Riddle by an armbar in the third round, knocking Riddle out of the tournament.[7] After the fight Credeur bought Riddle an Xbox 360 with his earnings.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

At the TUF 7 Finale, Riddle defeated former cast mate Dante Rivera in their UFC debuts.[9] The judges scored the fight (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).[10]

Riddle was then scheduled to fight Ryan Thomas at UFC 91, but a knee injury had forced Riddle out of the fight. Recovery for the knee injury was scheduled to take 6–8 weeks.[11] After recovering, Riddle fought and defeated Steve Bruno at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, Riddle won by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[12]

In his third UFC bout, Riddle defeated another one of his former Ultimate Fighter 7 cast mates, Dan Cramer at UFC 101 on the undercard. The judges scored the bout (29-27, 30-26 and 30-27).[13][14]

He faced TUF 9 alumni, Nick Osipczak on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105. The fight was held in Osipczak's home country of England.[15] The fight started getting personal after Osipczak claimed that he would "piddle on Riddle" in response to a question on how he saw the fight going. [16] During the pre-fight interviews, Riddle showed his anger towards Nick stating. “I like everybody I fight for the most part, this kid just rubs me the wrong way. I actually read an interview where he said he was going to p*ss on me, ‘Piddle on Riddle’, this means p*ss on me. And honestly the last time I was mad before a fight, I broke the kid’s jaw. So I wanna break his jaw right off his f*cking body. I don’t know if I can say that, but I’m really angry."[17] Nick further stated that Riddle had no finishing ability and was a fighter who liked to "grind out a decision".[18] Riddle countered the statement by saying Osipczak was weak and had no skill against an experienced wrestler.[19]

Osipczak was able to finish the fight by TKO during the third round.[20][21] After winning the fight he performed a celebratory dance around the Octagon simulating a urinating motion, fulfilling his pre-fight promise to "piddle on Riddle".

He will look to rebound from his loss to Osipczak, when he fights on the UFC 111 card against Greg Soto

MMA record Edit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Greg Soto UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy 02010-
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March 27, 2010
United States flag Newark, New Jersey, USA
Lossx England flag Nick Osipczak TKO (Punches and Elbows) UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera 02009-
November
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November 14, 2009
3 3:53 England flag Manchester, England
Winx United States flag Dan Cramer Decision (Unanimous) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-
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August 8, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Winx United States flag RiddleSteve Bruno Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens 02009-
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February 7, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Tampa, Florida, USA
Winx United States flag RiddleDante Rivera Decision (Unanimous) UFC: The Ultimate Finale 7 02008-
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June 21, 2008
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=364868316
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ufc.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://archive.is/20130129133649/mmajunkie.com/news/5263/guest-column-matthew-riddle-says-evan-tanners-life-full-of-inspiration.mma
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://archive.is/20130129011336/mmajunkie.com/news/4111/the-ultimate-fighter-7--episode-2-recap.mma
  5. http://archive.is/20120710201714/mmajunkie.com/news/4155/the-ultimate-fighter-7--episode-3-recap.mma
  6. http://fromthehedgestothekorakuen.blogspot.com/2008/04/ultimate-fighter-7-show-four-re-cap.html
  7. http://www.buddytv.com/articles/ufc/the-ultimate-fighter-7-episode-18840.aspx
  8. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/sherdogcoms-guide-to-tuf-7-12543
  9. http://www.cagetoday.com/the-ultimate-fighter-7-finale-results-live/
  10. http://web.archive.org/20080626144125/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=6539&zoneid=2
  11. http://web.archive.org/20081103063021/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=7469&zoneid=13
  12. http://archive.is/20120713014234/mmajunkie.com/news/13942/ufc-fight-night-17-round-by-round-updates-official-results-and-winners.mma
  13. http://sherdog.com/news/news/ufc-101-play-by-play-18968
  14. http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=EventDetail.FightCard&eid=2209
  15. {{cite web|url=http://mmafrenzy.com/11518/paul-taylor-vs-john-hathaway-nick-osipczak-vs-matt-riddle-in-the-works-for-ufc-105/ |title=Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway, Nick Osipczak vs. Matt Riddle In The Works for UFC 105 |publisher=MMAFrenzy.com |date=2009-01-02 |accessdate=2009-09-10
  16. http://web.archive.org/20091021060826/mma2go.wordpress.com/interview-with-nick-osipczak/
  17. http://ukff.com/index.php?showtopic=115033&st=135
  18. http://web.archive.org/20091114075650/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9890&zoneid=13
  19. RIDDLE NOT IMPRESSED WITH OSIPCZAK. MMAWeekly.com (2009-11-04). Archived from the original on 2009-11-07. Retrieved on 2009-11-04.
  20. http://www.mmabay.co.uk/mmabay%20insight%20-%20nick%20osipczak.html
  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw9RK-8jfmI

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